Martin Knight is the Founding Director of Knight Architects, an extraordinary architectural studio recognised internationally for its design of bridges and infrastructure.
He believes that excellent infrastructure design serves communities daily; improving quality of life and bringing people together; driving economies and helping to define a sense of place. Yet infrastructure also contributes to climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, and transformational leadership is required to reverse these damaging trends.
The work of his practice has been hailed as exemplary by bodies including the National Infrastructure Commission and the Design Council in the UK and Baukultur Bundesstiftung in Germany. In particular, he is a strong advocate for the “Beautiful Ordinary” – everyday infrastructure design that is high quality yet understated, which stands in enduring harmony with its surroundings.
Martin’s pursuit of design excellence has always demanded a strong inter-disciplinary discourse, founded on mutual respect and a deep interest in the relationship of the architectural and engineering professions. Among his qualifications, he is Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE).
Martin is an experienced Architect, registered in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and was selected for the 2005 Architects’ Journal/Corus “40 Under 40” Awards. He regularly lectures on bridge design and has enjoyed teaching roles at schools and universities in the UK and overseas, including at TU Delft in the Netherlands and as 2017 Guest Professor at TU Graz in Austria.
He frequently acts as a client and industry advisor, including as member of the Design Review Panel of the Design Commission for Wales since 2006. He sits on the RIBA International Committee, is a member of the National Judging Panel of the Civic Trust Awards and is a judge for the BCIA Awards and the Structural Awards.